Charity Christmas Lunch is the ‘Hottest ticket in town’

As Christmas parties go the Carolyn Hughes PR charity Christmas Lunch in aid of Radio City’s Cash for Kids has become quite legendary in the festive calendar.

The glamorous lunch is set to take place at GUSTO, Albert Dock on Friday 1st December and is now in it’s 8th year.



The restaurant is set to be packed to the brim with some Liverpool’s most glamorous people including many of the city’s biggest business leaders and owners and celebrity supporters.

Previous celebrity guests have included:- Rebecca Ferguson, Danielle Lloyd, Alex Gerrard, Coleen Rooney, Jude Cisse, Philip Armstrong,Tony Burke, Lorraine McCulloch and Gillian


Kearney and this year’s guest list is set to be just as glamorous.

The event starts at noon and the element of fun is top of the agenda, with a full line-up of entertainment and a sprinkling of surprises along the way. Previous years have included ‘Singing



Policemen, a Mannequin Challenge, a Drag Artist, a George Michael tribute, photo mirrors, grotto’s and last year a Father Christmas and a very naughty ‘Elf on a Shelf’.

Guests will enjoy a drink on arrival, sumptuous 3 course Christmas lunch and an afternoon of fun and frolics.

All funds raised on the day will be to support Radio City’s Cash for Kids.


Carolyn Hughes, CHPR, said “The CHPR charity Christmas Lunch is always a great day and for many people it kicks off the start of Christmas. Whilst the focus is on having fun, we raise a substantial amount of money for Radio City’s Cash for Kids

Everyone comes along for a party and the atmosphere is unbelievable. I am really looking forward to this year’s event and I am sure the line-up will make sure the party goes with a bang. I am truly grateful to everyone who supports it year after year!”


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Posted by on 23/11/2017 in Uncategorized


Why I Created Mercury Franchise Consultants








     Introducing Cheryl White from Mercury Franchise Consultants



In 2011, I set up my first business Apollo Care, a domiciliary care company, providing much-needed care to vulnerable people living in their own homes. The business was, and still is, a huge success and I was soon getting calls from all over the North West asking for care. I had a decision to make:

Should I open more offices to meet demand?

Should I franchise my business?

I decided to franchise my business for many reasons:

Time: I had a young child and wanted to spend more time with him

Expansion: I felt I could expand my business much faster by franchising as I would not be responsible for the day-to-day running of the teams.

Money: Selling franchises would enable me to put money back into the business, without borrowing, to improve my current systems and quality control.

Protection: The franchise model protects my brand and reputation, giving me control over franchise outlets and quality of systems.

My first franchise was sold in 2013 and my business has continued to grow and expand across the country. I now have excellent systems in place to support and monitor franchisee development and performance and we are improving and developing new systems all the time.





   Cheryl and Sue White: Founders of Apollo Care



I realised that many people may wish to franchise their business but may be on a tight budget. My team and I decided that putting together 3 franchise packages would help people to achieve their franchising goals without overspending, and set up Mercury Franchise Consultants in 2015.

Our aim at Mercury Franchise Consultancy is to help other business owners to grow and expand their business as we have done, using our first-hand experience to offer support and advice on franchising their business, supporting their franchise teams and growing their network.

We encourage business owners to be very involved in the franchising process.

We help business owners learn the necessary skills and knowledge required to become a successful franchisor.

We keep the process as simple yet informative as possible, and our own franchising experience is invaluable to our potential franchisors.


Franchising is the fastest way to grow your business, let me show you how.

Mercury Franchise Consultants can help you create a strong, credible, successful franchise system using your existing business model.

Contact us to find out more.

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Its all in the seeds


Welcome to the first cold pressed seed by Rain international

Where seeds are naturally pressed, to increase benefits. This method grinds seeds and gently extracts it’s oils and flours to make it more digestible for human consumption. This process uses all parts of the seed and is healthier, producing zero toxins, which is good for everyone.

About the Product

SUPPRESS APPETITE – Supports Healthy BMI and Overall Leanness

INCREASED ENERGY – Relieves Minor Muscle Pain After Exercise

GREATER ENDURANCE – Promotes A Healthy Cardiovascular System

NEUTRALIZES FREE RADICALS – Improved Clarity and Focus 

REDUCED INFLAMMATION – Helps Support Healthy Joints



 We have all heard of the amazing antioxidant power in berries and herbs, but what no one has ever explained properly are the best parts of those berries, the seeds.

The Black Raspberry Seed, hailed for it’s immune system strengthening properties.

Black Cumin Seed, loaded with Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids.

While the incredible antioxidants found in both Black Cumin Seeds and Black Raspberry Seeds fight the harmful effects of free-radicals, the essential fatty acids found in the Omegas support the and help repair cell membranes. The seeds are the heroes in this remarkable product.



The products are rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants and loaded with essential fatty acids is no ordinary supplement. It is extraordinary. The proprietary blend of Black Raspberry, Black Cumin, Chardonnay Grape, and D-Ribose in SOUL help replace cell energy, have excellent anti-inflammatory properties, and help support a healthy immune system. The added bonus of the powerhouse antioxidant, Resveratrol, found in the Chardonnay Grape, may also enhance heart, muscle, brain, and kidney health. It has been hailed as one of the most important anti-aging supplements ever discovered.


Rain International Soul Pure Wellness Natural Organic Antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids Supplement with Black Cumin Seed.

41a-kuns-llrain-soul-pure-antioxidantsProduct Description

Each box includes 30 pouches, each containing 2-ounces of Soul.

What do these ingredients contain? Potent antioxidants, Omega 3 and 6, all 8 natural forms of Vitamin E, and a natural form of Resveratrol.

The Power is in the Seeds:


The secret is in the seed’s chemistry. These seeds are chock-full of healthy and nutritive elements that help promote a strong and effective body. Elements like antioxidants, enzymes, Omega-3, and Omega-6! SOUL’s exclusive formula of organic ingredients contains the most natural, absorbable forms of many vital nutrients.

Inflammation, free-radical damage, and an overall lack of essential fatty acids in our diets are three of the greatest threats to our health today. In one simple 2 oz. shot we give you SOUL – a small, but very powerful supplement helping improve your overall health and longevity from the inside out.


Also available fused coffee.


This is the first time a black coffee can brag. It can brag about its substance, how healthy it is, its gourmet quality, and how great it tastes. This may be the first time you will actually enjoy a cup of black coffee, because this isn’t your grandpa’s boring black coffee. No, this is the black coffee that all the health-conscious, cool kids will be drinking; you’ll be one of those kids too. For the first time ever, you can take your black coffee infused with seed oils.



This amazing black coffee was handpicked from artisanal farms that specialize in growing world-class coffee beans. The coffee beans are given a decadent bath in our seed blend, made up of black cumin seed, pomegranate seed, grape seed, and grapefruit seed. These four seeds combine to elevate your black coffee, infusing it with health and wellness. So, close your eyes, take a sip, and enjoy the world’s healthiest cup of black coffee.



I am blown away by Rain products and can highly recommend trying both the drink and the coffee for a healthier refreshing drink.




































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Posted by on 02/03/2017 in Uncategorized


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Bridget Jones

150 local ladies, and a few brave men including X Factors Marcus Collins, took to the red carpet  at the Odeon Cinema Liverpool One for the eagerly awaited  Bridget Jones’s Baby on Friday  at a charity screening lunch in aid of Radio  City’s Cash for Kids.


The event, hosted by Radio City’s Claire Simmo saw Bridgette’s loyal fans tread the red carpet premiere screening at the Odeon Cinema in Liverpool One, where guests were treated to a drink on arrival and a  bag of popcorn before taking their seats to be the first in the region to see the movie.



After the movie guests made their way to the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool One,  where guests were welcomed with an arrival drink before enjoying a three course lunch with entertainment from Victoria Sharpe, who performed a rousing rendition of ‘All by myself’ from the original soundtrack.   Guests then made their way through to the PIMA Bar, where they ‘wet the baby’s head’ with the help DJ to keep the party going in the Hilton’s PIMA Bar.



The event was, organised by Carolyn Hughes, CHPR, in association with Radio City’s Cash for Kids and supported by Barclays ,and Carolyn Hughes said “We feel that we have been with Bridgette throughout her life, so it seemed only right that we should all be here to support her at this stage of her life as well.  She might have grown up a little and become a parent, but her charm and vulnerability is still there, along with the humour.  It is a great way to watch the movie and raise much-needed funds for Radio City’s Cash for Kids”.









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Posted by on 22/09/2016 in Uncategorized


CONFIDENCE that will never leave YOU!

Big thank you to our guest blogger Jonita Dsouza


Jonita is an intuitive coach working for elevated female consciousness. She works with women to help them balance their masculine and feminine energies in order to live a purpose-driven life and also give back to the society.

There are plenty of articles and advice online talking about what to do to become confident. I am not here for that. I am here to tell you that this one bold act can make you feel confident in the way you live your life, make life’s decisions and even present yourself to the people around you. This is also one of the vital feminine principles that I assist women with in my business – Exploring Femininity .

Self doubt and self sabotage are the key reasons that can make you feel under confident. Think about it and be honest with yourself.. what do you feel is making you believe that you are not confident?

How can you change this belief pattern?

By taking the bold act of trusting yourself! Yes, you heard me right!! SELF-TRUST is the secret to achieving the level of confidence that will never leave you!

Compare the outcomes of those decisions and choices that you’ve made in your lives when you doubted yourself, listened to others’ opinion and ignored your gut feelings or let fear and your emotions confuse you. In the end you didn’t feel good anyways, isn’t it!

This is very important for women entrepreneurs like us! As we grow our business, there will always be several opportunities for us that will stretch us beyond our comfort zones. These are the moments when fear, self-doubt and under confidence can kick in and I want to rest assure you that it is pretty natural.

This is the reason that we should learn to intentionally practice building our SELF-TRUST muscle like any other business or life skill.

By not trusting ourselves we can foster unnecessary sufferings and wasted time.

When we begin to trust ourselves, we begin to feel more confident in making life’s decisions and even putting our self out there in the unknown. Things can still be tough, rough and challenging; however, at least we will not regret taking the risk. If you have taken the leap of faith in starting your own business then I am sure you know what I mean!

Although building this SELF-TRUST muscle is a constant practice, here are my 3 simple steps to begin with –

  1. ACCEPT that you feel under confident. Make a list of things that make you feel under confident.
  2. FORGIVE yourself! You always do the best that you can at any given moment even if it ends up in a mess. So forgive yourself for being harsh on yourself. I like to repeat the Hawaiian Ho’oponono Prayer.
  3. AFFIRM – always remind yourself of the self-trust that you are building in yourself. Keep your thoughts compassionate towards yourself. Afterall our thoughts creates our reality. I like using the below Feminine Womantra.

Let me leave you with my 2 personal secrets that allows me to feel confident in a given situation –

  1. I always tune in to my gut feelings every time I am in a confidence crossroads and not what my thoughts and beliefs are trying to persuade me with.
  2. I choose Love over Fear. Fear will always exist but when we invite Love in our hearts, the natural state of confidence automatically seeps in.

In closing I would like to say that you already have in you what you are longing for. You just have to start trusting yourself and you will reach this level of confidence that will never leave you.

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Posted by on 11/04/2016 in Uncategorized


Support The Breakout





The girls from UCLAN are taking part in BREAK OUT

The aim of BREAK OUT is simple, they have 30hrs to get as far away from Preston where they attend University, without spending their own money.

WHY? to raise money and awareness for the charity Barnardo’s.

Listen in to their BBC Radio Lancashire interview

meg and emma

Follow the girls on twitter at @Meganemmabreak


Get behind them, support the girls here

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Posted by on 07/03/2016 in Uncategorized


Not how I normally do home-made soup

We often get asked to review products and we really enjoy doing them. However I never expected to be doing a review this way.

This was a great opportunity to test these products and  I wanted to prove with pictures the results. I apologise in advance if you are squeamish so be prepared.

While I was liquidizing home-made soup the pan slipped from my hand causing boiling soup to pour over my right arm and down my body. I was very lucky that I had a thick jumper and layers on which protected my body, but I wasn’t so lucky with my arm. I quickly ran my arm under the cold running tap and left it there for a good 10 minutes then commenced wiping up the mess.

By the time I had finished cleaning, my arm was very painful and I could feel the burning. I placed it again under cold running water, patted it dry and smothered it in Aloe Vera Gelly  you can see from this picture it’s already started to blister.


Within 30 minutes it was obvious I needed to get it checked out. So off to A & E I went returning with a well-padded bandage and told I needed the dressing changed daily.

This was an ideal opportunity to use the products from Forever Living. I have taken pictures each time and documented the change let’s see the results.

Day 1

Applied lashings amount of Aloe Vera Gelly before heading off to A & E returned with a heavily padded dressing and told it needs changing every day. You can see already how nasty the burn is looking.


Day 2

Dressing changed by the practice nurse . The burn is very painful.  Applied Aloe First to the wound to clean followed by Aloe Vera Gelly then redressed. I have also been drinking Aloe Vera Gel drink and increased the amount to 120mls twice a day.

Day 3

Dressing changed, The burn is really painful. Drank 220mls of Aloe Vera Gel, chewed 2 Bee Pollen tablets, applied Aloe First then Aloe Gelly before reapplying the dressings. The wound is weeping heavily today and I am feeling drained. The Bee pollen is really helping me keep up my energy and stopping me feeling so tired. The Aloe Gelly is helping to take the burning sensation away and defiantly helping with pain.

Day 4

Dressing changed , Drank 220mls of Aloe Gel, 2 Bee Pollen tablets chewed, applied Aloe Gelly then re bandaged. The blisters are very big and still weeping. The Aloe Gelly is helping to stop the dressing sticking to the wound and the itching.  The Bee Pollen is really helping with my energy levels. Not much pain today.

Day 5

Applied Aloe Gelly before redressing, Drank 220mls of Aloe Gel and chewed 2 Bee Pollen tablets. I can can see already the improvement in the wound. The blisters have decreased, the wound is very clean and still weeping slightly. Notice I have not taken any pain relief, the products I am using is sufficient.


Day 6

Dressing changed, look at the changes already, the wound is not weeping.  Aloe First applied before applying Aloe Gelly and clean dressings. Drank 220mils of Aloe Gel and chewed 2 Bee Pollen tablets.  

Day 7

Dressing changed I can really see a big improvement in the wound the blistering is clearing, the new skin is replacing the dead skin. Today if feels itchy so I have applied Aloe Gel and Propolis Cream to the wound. Still drinking the Aloe Gel drink.

Day 8 – Day 11

I am still carrying on with the dressing to keep the wound dry and clean but look at the improvement.


new skin is forming over the wound. I continue to apply Aloe Gel and Propolis Cream morning and evening which is helping moisturize the skin and take away the redness.

Day 12 – Day 28

I have been drinking the Aloe Gel drink, applying Aloe Gelly and Propolis Cream morning and night. The result is amazing.


I will carry on applying the Aloe Gelly, the Propolis Cream and drinking the Aloe Gel drink because I know that these products have really helped my recovery. This is a personal account of my recovery and each person may recover differently. However I can honestly say that I am so impressed with these products and can highly recommend them.

For more information regarding these products click on the links

Aloe First   Bee Pollen  Propolis Cream

Aloe Gelly  Aloe Gel Drink

All pictures have been taken on my mobile phone and the products used are from Forever Living and can be found by clicking the links above. I am still using the products because I can see the mark on my skin fading, I do not have any burn scar.

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